Kim Thuy Seelinger

  • Lecturer
    Director, Human Rights Center Sexual Violence Program
  • Tel: 510-643-2713 | Fax: 510-643-3830
  • 396.c Boalt Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200

Kim Thuy Seelinger is the Director of the Sexual Violence Program at the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley, School of Law. She oversees the center’s research, teaching, and technical work related to sexual violence during armed conflict and forced migration. She has conducted fieldwork in Haiti, Vietnam, Thailand, Kenya, Liberia, Uganda, Egypt, Turkey, and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Before coming to HRC, Seelinger was a staff attorney at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law, where she co-taught the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic and represented asylum seekers fleeing gender-based violence. Prior to that, she was a Yale-China Association clinical fellow and an immigration staff attorney at the Lutheran Family and Community Services in New York City, where she specialized in post 9-11 deportation defense and asylum cases.

Seelinger has contributed to the development of global guidance including the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict. She is also an inaugural member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ Advisory Group on Gender, Forced Displacement, and Protection, and serves as President of the Board of Directors of Civitas Maxima, a Swiss organization focused on representing victims of mass atrocities.

In addition to numerous HRC reports, Seelinger’s writing has appeared in the Columbia Human Rights Law ReviewHastings International and Comparative Law ReviewInternational Review of the Red CrossWashington PostHuffington Post, and Foreign Affairs. She co-authored a chapter in The International Criminal Court and Africa: One decade on (Intersentia, 2016).

Seelinger is a recipient of a 2016 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, as well as the 2015 Kathi Pugh Award for Exceptional Mentorship of Berkeley Law Student-Initiated Legal Services Projects.


J.D., New York University School of Law